Tracey’s Story

Tracey came to HEARTH after battling harassment at work which ended, in her eyes, her “perfect life”, resulting in homelessness. After dealing with the death of her mother and her divorce, Tracey and her daughters sought a fresh start and left Pittsburgh for Virginia. For the first time, she was on her own, without a […]

Lori’s Story – with VIDEO

Un-birthday 2014

Who’s birthday is it? It’s everyone’s birthday when it’s an “Un-Birthday”! The Norwin Show Choir put on one of the best “Un-Birthday” parties for the families at HEARTH on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. From face painting, to bag making, to singing and dancing their award winning show, the choir’s performance was flawless. Special thanks to […]

The Chance for Change

There is an old saying, “Life is what happens while you are making other plans.” DeShay can attest to that. While she was trying to provide a good life for her family, she lost her Section 8 housing and was laid-off from her job. Welfare benefits did not cover rent for a place to live. […]

Business Woman of the Year

Judy Eakin, HEARTH, Executive Director, was selected as a winner of the William R. Baierl Award, and was named the “Business Woman of the Year” by the Northern Allegheny County Chamber of Commerce. The award is based upon community, volunteer, and Chamber involvement, as well as business accomplishments. Judy has been very active with the […]

April’s Story

April came to Benedictine Place with two children, ages 8 and 10. She had little education beyond high school and received no support from her children’s father. April had always wanted to go back to school, but the constraints of paying the bills and taking care of her children didn’t permit it to happen. “I […]

Mary Beth’s Story

Mary Beth was born and raised in the North Hills. Although she gave birth to her daughter Caterina while in high school, she still finished on time in 1999. She started college at The Community College of Allegheny County that fall but later transferred to Bidwell Training Center to pursue a career as a Travel […]

Grand Opening – July 18, 2013

Krysta’s Story

After Krysta graduated high school, she took a few college classes but admittedly had no focus. She says, “I went to school, but I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t take it seriously because I didn’t have a future goal.” She was living with her father, who was […]